Former Texas coach Darrell Royal was remembered Tuesday as a humble champion who built a powerhouse football program and a Longhorn brand known around the world.
About 1,500 people attended a campus memorial service for the coach who led Texas to national championships in 1963 and 1969 and a share of a third in 1970. Royal also revolutionized college football when he introduced the wishbone offense in 1968.
Royal died in Austin on Nov. 7 at the age of 88. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in a private service on Monday.
Royal was just 32 when Texas hired him before the 1957 season. Over the next 20 years, Texas won 167 games and 11 Southwest Conference titles and played in 16 bowl games. Royal, who never had a losing season, retired in 1976.
The 90-minute service drew dozens of Royal’s former players and coaching friends and rivals, including former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, a close friend, and former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, a fierce rival toward the end of Royal’s career.
Former Heisman Trophy running back Earl Campbell, who Royal recruited to Texas, former Texas A&M Heisman winner John David Crow and former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum also attended.
GEORGIA: Receiver Tavarres King isn’t sure if he will go back to his regular No. 12 this week against Georgia Southern or stick to the No. 15 he wore against Auburn to honor Marlon Brown, whose college career ended with a torn ACL.
Brown and King hung out Monday for a couple of hours at Brown’s house.
“He was pleased,” King said. “He said I looked a little small. I said, ‘Man, that (jersey) is huge. I might not be able to wear this the rest of the season.’ ”
King wore Brown’s actual jersey, he said.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: All-America defensive tackle Brent Russell could return from suspension for Saturday’s game against Georgia.
“We’ll see what happens by the end of the week,” Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said.
Russell missed the Eagles’ last game after being suspended indefinitely after an arrest outside a campus bar for disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law officer.
Russell, the Southern Conference defensive player of the year last year, returned to practice Monday. He has 32 tackles, 7½ tackles for loss and 3½ sacks this year.
BOWL BOUND: The Georgia Military College JC Bulldogs, who are coached by former Augustan Bert Williams, will play in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas on Dec. 1. The Bulldogs will face Navarro College, of Texas.
BIG EAST: The new Big East will have a West Division, and Temple, located in Philadelphia, will be part of it.
The conference revealed its divisional alignment Tuesday for the 2013 football season, when it becomes a 12-team league. The announcement came after the Big East presidents approved the plan at a meeting in Chicago. The East will have Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The West will have Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple.
NEBRASKA: Running back Rex Burkhead is hopeful he’ll be able to play Saturday when Nebraska celebrates senior day against Minnesota.
The 2011 All-Big Ten running back sprained his left knee in the opener and has aggravated the injury twice. He’s missed five games and had to leave early in three others.
PENN STATE: Redshirt freshman tight end Kyle Carter will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury
Carter ranks second on the squad in both receptions (36) and receiving yards (453). He has two touchdown catches.